U.S. Builders of Large Ships


 

The shipbuilders listed in this section operate (or used to operate) mid-sized to large shipyards building oceangoing vessels, including naval ships and submarines, cargo ships, passenger ships, other special-purpose commercial or governmental ships, and offshore drilling rigs.  In addition, they all have (or had) a significant record of performance, involving more than a few years and more than a few ships.  The first of the two groups in this table includes the two companies whose five shipyards collectively build all the Navy's big ships and submarines, plus the eight "second tier" companies whose 15 shipyards build commercial ships, rigs and/or oceangoing government ships that are smaller and less expensive than those built by the "big two".  The second group in this table consists of the 38 companies whose 60 shipyards are no longer active in the shipbuilding market but which, in my judgment, would be included in the first group if they were still around.  Note that the recent downturn in the market means that some of the yards in this table that were active quite recently are now idle: I plan to keep them in the table, however, until it is clear that they are no longer operable.

 

Parent Company

Shipyard

Location

State

Most Recent Update

Active U.S. builderS OF LARGE SHIPS (10 COMPANIES/20 SHIPYARDS)

Austal

Austal USA

Mobile

AL

Jul-18

Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Lockport

Lockport

LA

Dec-17

Bollinger Marine Fabricators (formerly McDermott SB)

Amelia

LA

Edison Chouest Offshore

North American Shipbuilding

Larose

LA

Jul-18

La Ship (formerly North American Fabricators)

Houma

LA

Gulf Ship (inactive)

Gulfport

MS

Tampa Ship (formerly Tampa Shipyards, Tampa Bay SB)

Tampa

FL

Fincantieri USA

Bay Shipbuilding (formerly Christy Corp.)

Sturgeon Bay

WI

Jul-18

Marinette Marine

Marinette

WI

Jul-18

General Dynamics

Bath Iron Works

Bath

ME

Jan-18

Electric Boat

Groton

CT

Jan-18

NASSCO

San Diego

CA

Jan-18

Huntington Ingalls

Newport News Shipbuilding

Newport News

VA

Feb-18

Ingalls Shipbuilding

Pascagoula

MS

Feb-18

Keppel O. & M.

AMFELS (formerly Marathon LeTourneau)

Brownsville

TX

Sep-17

Philly Shipyard

Philly SY (formerly Aker Phila., Kvaerner Phila., Philadelphia NSY)

Philadelphia

PA

Oct-17

Vigor Industrial

Vigor Seattle (formerly Todd Seattle)

Seattle

WA

Jul-18

VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine Pascagoula (formerly Halter Pascagoula)

Pascagoula

MS

Aug-18

VT Halter Marine Moss Point (formerly Halter Moss Point)

Moss Point

MS

VT Halter Marine Escatawpa (formerly Moss Point Marine)

Escatawpa

MS

INACTIVE U.S. builderS OF LARGE SHIPS (38 COMPANIES/60 SHIPYARDS)

BAE Systems

ADDSCO (later Atlantic Marine Alabama, now BAE Systems Southeast - Alabama)

Mobile

AL

Apr-17

Dillingham Corp.

Albina Engine & Machine Works

Portland

OR

Sep-14

U.S. Steel Corp.

American Bridge

Ambridge

PA

Dec-14

The American Ship Building Company

AmShip Buffalo (formerly Buffalo Dry Dock)

Buffalo

NY

Aug-15

AmShip Chicago (formerly Chicago SB)

Chicago

IL

Aug-15

AmShip Cleveland (formerly Globe Iron Works)

Cleveland

OH

Aug-15

AmShip Detroit (formerly Detroit SB)

Detroit

MI

Aug-15

AmShip Lorain (formerly Cleveland SB)

Lorain

OH

Aug-15

AmShip Superior (formerly American Steel Barge and Superior SB)

Superior

WI

Aug-15

Avondale Industries

Avondale Shipyards

New Orleans

LA

Sep-14

Bender Shipbuilding

Bender Shipbuilding

Mobile

AL

Sep-14

Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Bethlehem Key Highway (formerly Baltimore DD & SB)

Baltimore

MD

Jan-17

Bethlehem Beaumont (formerly Pennsylvania SY)

Beaumont

TX

Jul-15

Bethlehem Elizabethport (formerly Crescent SY)

Elizabethport

NJ

Sep-14

Bethlehem Quincy (formerly Fore River SB, later GD Quincy)

Quincy and Squantum

MA

Oct-14

Bethlehem San Francisco (formerly Union Iron Works)

San Francisco and Alameda

CA

Oct-14

Bethlehem San Pedro (formerly Southwestern SB)

San Pedro

CA

Sep-14

Bethlehem Sparrows Point (formerly Maryland Steel)

Sparrows Point

MD

Oct-14

Bethlehem Staten Island (formerly Staten Island SB)

Staten Island

NY

Sep-14

Bethlehem Wilmington (formerly Harlan & Hollingsworth, later Dravo Wilmington)

Wilmington

DE

Sep-14

Butler Shipbuilders

Butler Shipbuilders, Inc. (formerly McDougall-Duluth)

Duluth

MN

Sep-14

Craig Shipbuilding

Toledo Shipbuilding (formerly Craig SB)

Toledo

OH

Aug-15

Long Beach Shipbuilding (formerly Craig SB)

Long Beach

CA

Jan-15

Cramp Shipbuilding

Cramp Shipbuilding

Philadelphia

PA

Sep-14

Defoe Shipbuilding

Defoe Shipbuilding (formerly Defoe Boat & Motor Works)

Bay City

MI

Apr-17

Delaware River Iron SB

Delaware River Iron Shipbuilding (Roach's Shipyard, formerly Reaney, Son & Archbold, later Merchant SB)

Chester

PA

Sep-14

Dravo Corporation

Dravo Pittsburgh - Self-Propelled Vessels

Pittsburgh

PA

Sep-14

Dravo Pittsburgh - Barges

Pittsburgh

PA

Jun-10

Dravo Wilmington (formerly Harlan & Hollingsworth, Bethlehem Wilmington)

Wilmington

DE

Sep-14

Federal Shipbuilding

Federal Shipbuilding Kearny

Kearny

NJ

Sep-14

Federal Shipbuilding Newark

Newark

NJ

Great Lakes Engineering

Great Lakes Engineering Ashtabula

Ashtabula

OH

Sep-14

Great Lakes Engineering Ecorse

Ecorse

MI

Great Lakes Engineering St. Clair

St. Clair

MI

Gulf Shipbuilding

Gulf Shipbuilding (formerly Chickasaw SB, later Halter Chickasaw)

Chickasaw

AL

Sep-14

Ingalls Iron Works

Ingalls Iron Works

Decatur

AL

Sep-14

Lake Torpedo Boat

Lake Torpedo Boat Co.

Bridgeport

CT

Apr-17

Cameron International

LeTourneau Inc. (formerly Marathon LeTourneau)

Vicksburg

MS

Jul-16

Levingston Industries

Levingston Shipbuilding

Orange

TX

Apr-17

Gulfport Shipbuilding (formerly Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works)

Port Arthur

TX

Oct-13

Lockheed Corp.

Lockheed Shipbuilding (formerly Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging)

Seattle

WA

Apr-17

Manitowoc Corp.

Manitowoc Shipbuilding

Manitowoc

WI

Sep-14

Marietta Mfg.

Marietta Manufacturing

Point Pleasant

WV

Oct-15

Maryland SB & DD

Maryland Shipbuilding & Dry Dock (formerly Globe SB)

Baltimore

MD

Sep-14

Merrill-Stevens Eng.

Merrill-Stevens Engineering (later Jacksonville Shipyards)

Jacksonville

FL

Jun-18

Moore Dry Dock

Moore Dry Dock (formerly Moore SB)

Oakland

CA

Sep-14

New York Shipbuilding

New York Shipbuilding Company

Camden

NJ

Mar-14

Peterson Builders

Peterson Builders (formerly Peterson Boat Works)

Sturgeon Bay

WI

Apr-17

Pusey & Jones

Pusey & Jones

Wilmington

DE

Sep-14

Pack & Kahn

Seatrain Shipbuilding (formerly New York NSY)

Brooklyn

NY

Mar-14

Southern Shipbuilding

Southern Shipbuilding (formerly Canulette SB)

Slidell

LA

Mar-14

Sun Oil

Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company

Chester

PA

Mar-14

Tacoma Boatbuilding

Tacoma Boatbuilding

Tacoma

WA

Mar-14

Tampa Shipbuilding

Tampa Shipbuilding (TASCO)

Tampa

FL

Apr-13

Tampa Shipyards

Tampa Shipyards (later Tampa Bay Shipbuilding)

Tampa

FL

Sep-14

Todd Shipyards

Todd Galveston (formerly Gray's Iron Works)

Galveston

TX

Dec-15

Todd Houston (formerly Brown Shipbuilding)

Houston

TX

Dec-15

Todd Los Angeles (formerly Los Angeles Shipbuilding)

San Pedro

CA

Mar-14

Todd Tacoma (formerly Sea-Tac Shipbuilding)

Tacoma

WA

Aug-12

Welding Shipyards

Welding Shipyards

Norfolk

VA

Mar-14

Western Pipe & Steel

Western Pipe & Steel San Pedro

San Pedro

CA

Apr-12

Western Pipe & Steel South San Francisco

South San Fran.

CA